Love and duty. Reputation and convenience. In Medieval England, Jarin Ashdown could end up married to the wrong sister.
Under The Warrior’s Protection by Ella Matthews is book 2 in the House of Leofric series but can be read as a standalone.
A delightful medieval historical romance in which the warrior falls for the not-so-pretty, shy, older sister of the woman he is supposed to marry.
Print Length: 217 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Historical (November 1, 2020)
Letting down her guard
Might save her life…
With their family name in tatters, Katherine Leofric and her sister are headed for a new life at their brother’s estate. They are escorted by the hardened Jarin, Earl of Borwyn, who Katherine believes is only after her dowry! Until her sister is abducted on the treacherous journey, and Katherine must rely on Jarin’s protection. Now, seeing a different side to the man she swore to hate, it’s her heart that’s most at risk!
From the Publisher’s Blurb
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Katherine Leofric and her sister Linota lived with their abusive mother in the keep of the Earl of Ogmore.
They were kept locked in their chambers, and their mother beat them, especially Katherine, for any small misdeed.
Their father was executed for treason, and her family name was in shambles. Her brother Braedan was marrying the Earl of Ogmore’s only daughter, and they would finally move from under their mother to live with him.
Jarin Ashdown, Earl of Borwyn, inherited more land than funds and considered marrying Ogmore’s daughter to re-establish his finances. When she married Katherine’s brother, the Earl offered Jarin to marry one of the Leofric sisters for a good dowry.
He was in great need but reluctant to align his family name with the disgraced Leofrics.
Jarin was tasked to escort the Leofric sisters to their brother’s new home. When the beautiful Linota is kidnapped, he and plain Katherine go to her rescue together.
The story is sweet and romantic, a little spiced towards the end. Katherine is a free spirit, and Jarin is enchanted by her inner strength.
Jarin reminds me a bit of Mr. Darcy. He did not hide his reservations against her family, and I loved to see him eating his humble pie and working on making amends.
I love a slow-burn romance, especially when the couple bonds over much more than looks.
This is my first book by this author but will not be the last. I intend to read the first book in the series, and I’m looking forward to the next installments.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
Ella Matthews lives and works in beautiful South Wales. When not thinking about handsome heroes she can be found walking along the coast with her husband and their two children (probably still thinking about heroes but at least pretending to be interested in everyone else).